Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor
Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor

London

in-person event information

September 17 and 18, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Welcome to the 21st annual Doors Open London (DOL) weekend!

This year’s theme, Designing the Forest City, will enable participants and attendees to consider how design impacts their lives. The festival aims to provide a range of interest areas and activities to ensure that all community members can understand their curiosities and embrace opportunities for public engagement.

Participating sites, organizations, artists and performers will highlight how design has impacted their organizations, the way they tell their stories, or the everyday lives of Londoners. They may spotlight local historical designers and contemporary creatives, exhibit local inventions, show off old uniforms or costumes, highlight the architectural style of their building, or take an in-depth look at how their programs are devised. DOL focuses on enhancing interactions between the local community, artists and the culture sector.

As a result of the open nature of the festival, thousands of Londoners will be able to discover the city’s cultural offerings that stem from its diversity and history and develop their own arts and heritage interests.

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1st Hussars MuseumDoors Open London

1st Hussars Museum

The 1st Hussars Museum, alongside the 1st Hussars Regiment and the 1st Hussars Cavalry Troop (with horses), will describe and illustrate the many uniforms that the regiment has worn over the 150 years of its history. Tour guides, along with members of the Cavalry Troop and Regiment, will explain how and why the uniforms have changed over time.

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

1 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Email: tea.granny@sympatico.ca
https://www.first-hussars.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1880-81
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 18

Architectural Conservancy Ontario Guided Walking TourDoors Open London

Architectural Conservancy Ontario Guided Walking Tour

Join the ACO London in a theatrical walking tour featuring costumed actors at downtown locations. All scenes – inspired by this year’s Doors Open London theme of Designing the Forest City – depict a different time in the city’s history, from the 1800s to the 1930s. Register 30 minutes before each tour begins, either inside or outside the museum, depending on weather.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

Meet at Museum London (421 Ridout Street North)
London, Ontario
Email: info@acolondon.ca
https://acontario.ca/branch.php?b_id=2

Architecture


Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 18

Banting House National Historic Site of CanadaDoors Open London

Banting House National Historic Site of Canada

Through self-guided tours with commentary from experienced guides, visitors are introduced to the life of a national hero who is often overshadowed by his discovery of insulin. Their latest installation, I’m a Fat Boy Now, commemorates Insulin100 and the impact of insulin through the prism of Banting’s last surviving patient. Visitors can view this alongside other notable exhibits.

  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

442 Adelaide Street North
London, Ontario
Email: banting@diabetes.ca
https://bantinghousenhs.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1900
Building type: Historical landmark Museum

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 18

Brain and Mind Institute at Western UniversityDoors Open London

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Brain and Mind Institute at Western University

The Brain and Mind Institute provides a centralized presence for cognitive neuroscience at Western University. Researchers here aim to understand the functions of the brain and use powerful imaging tools to see it at work. During Doors Open, there will be short public lectures on topics in cognitive neuroscience, engaging demonstrations and brain-related games, and tours of the research facilities.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

1151 Richmond Street (Perth Drive), Room 3190
London, Ontario
Email: brainandmind@uwo.ca
https://www.uwo.ca/bmi/about/wirb.html

Architecture

Year built: 2016-17
Building type: Educational facility
Architect: Cannon Design

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 17

Brick Street CemeteryDoors Open London

Brick Street Cemetery

Tour through one of London's oldest pioneer cemeteries. Become familiar with 200 years of London design and craftsmanship as exhibited in the over 300 gravestones created by local stonemasons. Learn of the lives, occupations and values of our forebears and the significance of various carvings and epitaphs. You will also learn about restoration techniques and design history.

  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms

Contact info

370 Commissioners Road West
London, Ontario
Email: bsc1813@yahoo.com
https://ontariofamilyhistory.org/brickstreetcemetery/links/

Architecture

Year built: c. 1813
Building type: Cemetery

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 18

Canadian Medical Hall of FameDoors Open London

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Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Stand amid the laureates in the portrait gallery and learn about their achievements by watching tribute videos or reading the Hall of Fame plaques of 149 Canadians’ contributions to medicine and health care in Canada and internationally. Explore exhibits featuring ground-breaking medical discoveries. Activities for kids include scavenger hunts and puzzles to highlight the importance of teamwork.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

100 Kellogg Lane
London, Ontario
Email: cmhf@cdnmedhall.ca
https://cdnmedhall.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1900-45
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 18

City Art CentreDoors Open London

City Art Centre

Come and experience firsthand an Ontario heritage building as a living, breathing piece of history. Visitors will delight in a tour of this artists' studio and gallery, as well as participate in a fun and creative workshop. They can relate their untold stories as they create cards that reflect their lives, experiences and varied backgrounds.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

201 King Street
London, Ontario
Email: flynndiana@rogers.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 17

CNIB London Community HubDoors Open London

CNIB London Community Hub

Transforming our community into a beacon of accessibility and inclusion, Londoners share information at the CNIB London Community Hub while they live, play, work, learn and use tech. Can you decode the braille message? Do you want to try an adapted sport? Do you want to learn about guide dogs or other forms of accessibility? Join us at the hub!

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

171 Queens Avenue, Suite 101 (enter off Richmond Street)
London, Ontario
Email: londoncommunityhub@cnib.ca
https://cnib.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 17

D.B. Weldon Library, TheDoors Open London

D.B. Weldon Library, The

Activities here during Doors Open will include guided tours with a focus on the architecture and its significance to the library and London itself, as well as a tour of the Archives and Research Collections Centre and the Map and Data Centre. Participants can interact with items from the archives, learn more from special collections staff, and create map-themed crafts.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario
Email: dbwlib@uwo.ca
https://www.lib.uwo.ca/weldon

Architecture

Year built: 1972
Building type: Commercial Library
Architect: John H. Andrews and Ronald E. Murphy

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 17

Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western UniversityDoors Open London

Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University

Learn more about Western's renowned opera program, and what it takes to design and produce stunning sets and costumes for two fully staged opera productions each year at the Don Wright Music Faculty. Join a student-led tour to learn more about Western Music's uniquely designed facilities and watch Western's adult community concert band – New Horizons Band – rehearse.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

Talbot College and Music Building, Lambton Drive
London, Ontario
Email: musicevents@uwo.ca
https://music.uwo.ca

Architecture

Year built: After 1945
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 17

Eldon House Heritage Site and GardensDoors Open London

Eldon House Heritage Site and Gardens

Virtually unchanged since the 19th century, Eldon House is London’s oldest residence – containing family heirlooms, furnishings and priceless treasures from the Harris Family. Interpreters will explore the unique design elements of historical Eldon House. Visitors may take part in self-guided tours of the house and grounds and enjoy outdoor activities, including classic Victorian lawn games for families and children.

  • Kid-friendly
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

481 Ridout Street North
London, Ontario
Email: info@eldonhouse.ca
https://eldonhouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1834
Building type: Historical landmark Museum

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 18

Fanshawe Pioneer VillageDoors Open London

Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Visit Fanshawe Pioneer Village and learn about how homes and rural buildings were made in the past. Try your hand at making a miniature log barn, learn about what tools were available for the early settlers, and how their homes changed over 100 years of history. Spend a day and experience a century at Fanshawe Pioneer Village.

  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

2609 Fanshawe Park Road East (enter at 1424 Clarke Road)
London, Ontario
Email: info@fanshawepioneervillage.ca
http://www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1959
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 18

Grosvenor LodgeDoors Open London

Grosvenor Lodge

Grosvenor Lodge is a farmhouse turned museum located near Western University. It is two storeys tall and features beautiful stained glass and gardens. Visitors will be given a tour of the building by an experienced guide and will explore its unique design features and learn about its architectural history. Children will have the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt!

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Architecture

Year built: 1853

Architect: Samuel and Ann Peters

Dates/hours open

Sep 18 - Sep 18

Hamilton Road Tree Trunk TourDoors Open London

Hamilton Road Tree Trunk Tour

Get to know the Hamilton Road Business Improvement Area and its architectural history. Morning and afternoon bus tours will be available of the entire Tree Trunk Tour, showcasing 26 sculptures. Walking tours will cover from Egerton Street to Rectory Street, and will include stops and stories at eight separate sculptures along with the buildings and history in between.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

Meet at 596B Hamilton Road
London, Ontario
Email: dave@hamroad.com
https://www.hamroad.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 18

HDR Architecture Associates Inc.Doors Open London

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HDR Architecture Associates Inc.

Come visit HDR London’s architectural design studio to tour an architectural practice and talk to team members about architecture and design. Also, take a virtual tour of some completed and in progress projects. Visiting children will have the opportunity to participate in a block tower building competition. The tallest tower over the course of the weekend will win a prize!

  • 2022 theme: Design
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

252 Pall Mall Street, Suite 300
London, Ontario
Email: david.flett@hdrinc.com
https://www.hdrinc.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 18

Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory, TheDoors Open London

Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory, The

Opened in 1940, The Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory houses three telescopes and a wealth of scientific heritage. They will be giving tours of the beautifully restored observatory, showcasing some of the amazing historical artifacts and spaces, and offering cool, live science demonstrations. If the skies are clear, they will also show off objects in the night sky through telescopes.

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

Lambton Drive, next to Alumni Hall (Western University)
London, Ontario
Email: cronyn@uwo.ca
https://cronyn.uwo.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1940
Building type: Educational facility
Architect: O. Roy Moore

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 17

Innovation WorksDoors Open London

Innovation Works

The Garvey Building, today known as Innovation Works, was built in 1910 as a storage warehouse. It has housed everything from cereal to finance to fitness. Today, this building supports over 200 organizations invested in positive community impact. Hear stories inspired by this space and contribute to a collaborative art piece that will share your story in the Forest City.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

201 King Street
London, Ontario
Email: info@innovationworkslondon.ca
https://innovationworkslondon.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial
Architect: Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 18

Jet Aircraft MuseumDoors Open London

Jet Aircraft Museum

Tour guides are available for exhibits both inside the museum and outside in the hangar. Sit in the cockpit of a Dash mock-up, have your picture taken in a T33 (for a small donation), and see Cold War jets up close. A 25-minute flight can be scheduled for “pilots” aged 10 and over in the “sim room” for $5.

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

2465 Aviation Lane, Unit 2
London, Ontario
Email: info@jetaircraftmuseum.ca
http://www.jetaircraftmuseum.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial Museum

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 18

Kilally Meadows Environmentally Significant AreaDoors Open London

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Kilally Meadows Environmentally Significant Area

Join the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority staff, members of London's Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee, and community volunteers to explore the amazing environment of the Kilally Meadows Environmentally Significant Area. There will be experts on hand to share information about some of the unique features of this area. Staff will also have child-friendly nature activities!

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking

Architecture

Building type: Educational facility Green building

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 17

London Children's MuseumDoors Open London

London Children's Museum

What if cities were designed by children? Young visitors here will have the opportunity to contribute their unique perspectives on what makes somewhere a good place to live. By building a collaborative cardboard city and engaging in hands-on programming, children will bring their own design ideas to life. Visitors can also explore the London Children’s Museum’s nine immersive exhibits.

  • 2022 theme: Design
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking

Contact info

21 Wharncliffe Road South
London, Ontario
Email: kate@londonchildrensmuseum.ca
https://www.londonchildrensmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1915
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 18

London Fire Station No. 4Doors Open London

London Fire Station No. 4

The No. 4 Fire Station was built in the early 1900s. Join a retired fire officer on a guided tour of this facility. Take a tour of Engine No. 4 with the in-service crew. Learn fire-safety information from Public Fire and Life Safety Educators and Fire Prevention Inspectors. Children who attend will receive fire safety colouring books and stickers.

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

807 Colborne Street
London, Ontario
Email: fireforms@london.ca
https://www.london.ca/fire

Architecture

Year built: 1909

Architect: Arthur E. Nutter

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 18

London Music Hall of FameDoors Open London

London Music Hall of Fame

The Forest City London Music Awards curates Canada’s only city-specific music hall of fame. The London Music Hall of Fame displays profiles and biographies of inductees alongside musical treasures, such as Big Band-era artifacts from Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians. The London Music Hall of Fame will also provide special performances by some of the area’s most-loved musicians.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking

Contact info

182 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Email: mpcircelli@yahoo.ca
https://fclma.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1880
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 18

London Muslim MosqueDoors Open London

London Muslim Mosque

Built in the first half of the 20th century, the London Muslim Mosque is the oldest mosque in Ontario and the oldest operating mosque in Canada. It caters to the needs of a diverse Muslim community. For Doors Open, members of the mosque will showcase hijab wrapping, apply henna and lead a workshop on writing visitors’ names in Arabic.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

151 Oxford Street West
London, Ontario
Email: secretary@londonmosque.ca
http://www.londonmosque.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1950s
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sep 18 - Sep 18

Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant AreaDoors Open London

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Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area

Explore the Medway Valley Heritage Forest! The steep valley provides an oasis for nature in the city. We will have a team of Upper Thames River Conservation Authority staff and members of London's Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee to share knowledge and interesting features about this area. There will also be child-friendly activities for families with young children.

  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

101 Windermere Road
London, Ontario
Email: infoline@thamesriver.on.ca
http://thamesriver.on.ca

Architecture

Building type: Educational facility Green building

Dates/hours open

Sep 18 - Sep 18

Museum LondonDoors Open London

Museum London

During Doors Open, visitors will be given guided tours of exhibits about London’s rich artistic and cultural heritage. Enjoy hands-on interactives for the whole family. On Sunday, Museum London will be hosting a closing reception for the summer exhibition Margaux Williamson: Interiors, on tour from the McMichael Canadian Collection. The artist and exhibition curator, Jessica Bradley, will be in attendance.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

421 Ridout Street North
London, Ontario
Email: info@museumlondon.ca
http://www.museumlondon.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1980
Building type: Museum
Architect: Raymond Moriyama

Dates/hours open

Sep 17 - Sep 18